Twisting The Satiric Knife

SHOW: THE BEN STILLER SHOW

TIME: SUNDAYS, 7:30 P.M. EDT, FOX

THE BOTTOM LINE: A love-hate fascination with the media and pop culture sparks the season's sharpest new sketch comedy.

SATIRE ON TELEVISION, CONTRARY to George S. Kaufman's famous dictum, is what opens on Saturday night. After a week of slogging through the sitcom swamp, by the weekend TV seems increasingly ready to kick back, relax and make snide fun of itself. Saturday Night Live is still flourishing after 17 years on the air, while In Living Color is a highly rated fixture on Fox's Sunday-night schedule. Two more sketch-comedy shows...

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